We're indeed reveling in the stoke produced by this week's news from Canada: Patagonia Skiing Ambassador Arne Backstrom did his home resort proud with a strong one-two win at the Freeskiing World Tour, in Revelstoke, British Columbia on Sunday, January 10, taking both the men's overall title for event, and the Backcountry.com Sickbird Award. News and videos have trickled in, and we're happy to share some of the words and footage, courtesy of folks at www.freeskiingworldtour.com, www.biglines.com, and www.unofficialsquaw.com:
From the Freeskiing World Tour (FWT) website:
Revelstoke, British Colombia—January 12, 2010. Following the qualifier round on Thursday, World Tour round 1 on Friday, and a weather day on Saturday, athletes on stop #2 of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour were amped to show their prowess on Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s famed Mac Face. The finals venue for the Canadian Freeskiing Championships was a 1,200-vertical-foot alpine face comprised of huge Alaska-style ramps, technical European-style routes, and massive cliff drops slapped to a 35- to 50-degree slope.
Morning clouds and fog kept visibility low, and pushed the competition back more than an hour, as race managers waited for the opportunity to strike. Eventually, the talented Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing pilot found enough windows to fly each of the 27 finalists to the start of the venue, which many described as a “gnarly knife-edge ridge.”[Arne Backstrom shares a few comments with an interviewer shortly after the run that clinched his win of the 2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour at Revelstoke. Photo: Tyler Roemer]